- Sillan Pace Brown Group, Inc
- Release Date
- January 2018
Pre WWI, Elsa came to America with her eyes wide open, realizing it was up to her to make a life for herself. Surviving a sweatshop in lower Manhattan, a chance job with a Long island elite family opens up her world. Invited in, up to a point, she unwittingly, albeit precariously, crosses the social divide with her now open heart which puts all she worked for in jeopardy.
What a truly wonderful story! I've read it three times, and with each reading I find myself caring about the fabulous characters and their lives even more." — P. J. Alderman, New York Times Bestselling Author
"From the riveting opening . . . until its gripping conclusion, this enthralling novel vividly portrays the desperate times of German immigrants landing at Ellis Island in 1905. A timely read . . . it illuminates the issues that we are experiencing a century later. . .Phillips reminds us that love, light, and perseverance can help us find a way to overcome almost any
obstacle." — Chanticleer Reviews
Mar 16, 2018 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
7 people found the following review helpful
Coming to America definitely wasn't Elsa's idea nor was being forced to work in a garment sweatshop in lower Manhattan instead of going to school. But there are times that you simply have to work with what you have, doing what you must and not what you want. Slowly but surely, Elsa begins to forge a life for herself and it begins to come out in the details that Mr. Phillips so lovingly (and amazingly crafts). From the beginnings of Elsa learning how to read in English (and German) to the redefining of feminine ideals (I LOVED Dafne) to the shifts in POV (Elsa, Dafne, Glenn) seamlessly giving us glimpses into the minds (and lives) of these people. I especially loved the letters Elsa and Glenn wrote to each other because yes, this is definitely a love story.
I think this quote epitomizes the immigrant migration to America and why it holds such an allure. "There had been times when she'd almost succumbed to the weight and monotony of despair when she'd almost given up her dreams. Yet here she was—a survivor of everything America had thrown at her. She had grown strong from it and knew she could endure whatever new challenges this country would surely throw her way."
LOVE OF FINISHED YEARS by Gregory Erich Phillips is poetry in motion. If you love period pieces as much as I do and have a fondness for early 20th century works, then you definitely want to order a copy. You will love happily immersing yourself in the vivid details that make up this wonderful story.
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